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Elgin Grade 372, Lower Plate Details

This is a nice 16 size Elgin.  It's a 19 jewel B.W. Raymond model, with a lot of fancy details.  These photos show the dial side of the bottom plate.  The high lighted bearing in the first image is for the bottom of the mainspring arbor.  In a higher jeweled model, this bearing would be jeweled.  Here it is a plain brass bearing, but in the form of a plated bushing with jewel bezel screws.  It's clear that Elgin used the same lower plate on higher grade, 21 jewel models that had a jewel there.

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